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After receiving a total of ten Washington Area Music Association Wammie nominations over the previous decade, mister don finally took home the Children's Vocalist awards for both 2004 and 2005!  Seven of his previous nominations had been for Children's Vocalist and three had been for Children's Recording.  In 2007, don was honored to receive the 2006 Wammie award for Children's Artist, which consolidated the vocalist and duo/group awards into a single category.

Unusual pets, insomnia woes, sibling rivalry, and fables about the importance of gratitude, caring for the Earth and forgiving others are some of the themes that run through don's award-winning music for children. Whether he's at a school, church, child care center, bookstore, park, festival or backyard party, mister don is one of the best-loved children's entertainers in the business. Sing-alongs, motion songs, and lots of rhythm instruments keep it lively and fun for everyone! Here are some examples of don's original children's lyrics which are featured on his 25-song children's CD, "mister don":

WHEN YOU'RE HOLDIN' A GRUDGE

A grudge is like an animal who lives inside your head
It loves to have attention and gets stronger when it's fed
It even likes to whisper when you're asleep in bed
There's nothing like the feeling when you hold onto a grudge

When you hold a grudge
It fills your mind
And gives you reasons
To be unkind
When you need to bend
You refuse to budge
Oh there's nothin' like
When you're holdin' a grudge

You think it's really tiny but it grows at such a pace
It wrinkles up your brow and puts a frown upon your face
Then gives you such a headache it must be outta space
There's nothing like the feeling when you hold onto a grudge

REPEAT CHORUS

A grudge is like a monster
Who bites the hand that feeds it
And every time you let it out
You should wonder why you need it

REPEAT CHORUS

No there's nothing like
When you're holdin' a grudge

copyright 1997, Bobbi Bliss, don bridges & David M. Scales
Lyrics by Bobbi Bliss and don bridges
Music by David M. Scales
All rights reserved



PUT IT BACK

When you've played with all your toys
and you leave them off the shelf
Don't you hear your Mother calling,
"Come and put some back yourself"
Now i think that Mother Nature
is no different in her view
She doesn't like to see a mess
so she'd tell us what to do

Put it back  (Put it back)
Then we'll have enough to share
Put it back  (Put it back)
Show your Mother that you care
Put it back  (Put it back)
That's a promise, not a dare
There'll be more for us when
we recycle, my friend
Put it back

When i walk around the house
and my toys get in the way
'Cause i left a lot of litter
there's no room for me to play
When we travel 'round this country
we see too much trash to burn
And hear our mother wonder when
we'll finally start to learn to

REPEAT CHORUS

We can start with paper and plastic
Aluminum, glass and wood
We can work to protect the environment
So our Mother can live as she should

REPEAT CHORUS

So return to the Earth
what she's given us first
Put it back
We recycle today so our children's
children's children's children's
children can play
Put it back

copyright 1996, don bridges
Lyrics and music by don bridges
All rights reserved

Sibling Rivalry

SHE'S MY SISTER

Mostly sassy, never sweet
Always playin' in the street
She's my sister
I say quiet, she makes noise
Then she breaks my favorite toys
She's my sister
When Mom and Dad aren't looking
She messes with my things
But if i try to tell on her
She puts on angel wings

She's my sister
She's a pain
If i want sunshine
She'll dance for rain
I wonder if she'll
ever get a brain
She's my sister

During recess at the school
She's the one who makes the rules
She's my sister
She annoys me every day
'Cause she never goes away
She's my sister
My friends agree she's bossy
But say she's not so bad
I wish they had to live with her
I know she'd drive 'em mad

She's my sister
She's a pain
If i want sunshine
She'll dance for rain
I wonder if she'll
ever get a brain
She's my sister

Sometimes i think i'd like to sell her
But know she can't be worth too much
So maybe i'll just paint her yellow
And charge a half a dime for all the kids to touch

She'd be worth her weight in gold
Make me rich before i'm old
She's my sister
We could march in the parade
As her coach i'd have it made
She's my sister
We'd even join the circus
And travel 'round the world
The kids would come from far and wide
To see the golden girl

She's my sister
Good as gold
We'll put her picture
Where toys are sold
We'll make a million
When our story's told
She's my sister

copyright 1995, don bridges
Lyrics and music by don bridges
All rights reserved


And turnabout's fair play:

MY BROTHER'S ALWAYS THERE!

I catch him sneakin' cookies
then he blames it on me
He hogs the family sofa
when i'm watchin' T.V.
He's peekin' through the window
when i think nobody sees
And when i want some time alone
he won't let me be
They say that he's my brother
But he's my enemy

I hafta pick the toys up
after he left 'em out
He always gets his way
with a tantrum or pout
So many silly questions
i could punch him in the snout
The problem with my brother
i know without a doubt
Is every time i turn around
My brother's always there!

My brother's always there!
I have to take him everywhere
He always has a runny nose
and superhero clothes
And everybody stares
at his dalmatian underwear
It's so unfair i have to share
My brother's always there!

"Stop pickin' on your brother!"
are the words that i hear
From grownups who don't notice
how he spits in my ear
He may be gettin' bigger
but he's dumber every year
To fix my little brother
could take a whole career
It sometimes makes me want to scream
My brother's always there!

REPEAT CHORUS

I used to go to movies
till my brother tagged along
And picked a quiet moment
to release his latest song
He broke my science project
when he played it like a gong
And then my guilty brother
convinced them i was wrong!
His whining just goes on and on
And on and on and on!

REPEAT CHORUS

It's so unfair, it's so unfair
My brother's always there!

copyright 1997, Bobbi Bliss and don bridges
Lyrics and music by Bobbi Bliss & don bridges
All rights reserved

Pure Silliness!

HOW'M I GONNA GET A DRINK OF WATER?

After midnight i'm so thirsty that it wakes me up
And i climb from bed but know i shouldn't oughta
When i tiptoe to the bathroom someone took my cup
How'm i gonna get a drink of water?
I could try to ask my parents but they're both asleep
And they'd look at me like someone else's daughter
I can hear my father growling, "Try and count some sheep!"
How'm i gonna get a drink of water?

How'm i gonna get a drink of water?
I only want a little sip or two
How'm i gonna get a drink of water?
What more am i gonna have to do?

When i sneak into my sister's room i hear her snore
And i bump into the basketball we bought her
Then i trip on all the treasure rocks across the floor
How'm i gonna get a drink of water?
So i crawl into the kitchen and turn on the sink
But the faucet flow just keeps on gettin' hotter
I don't want to turn the light on 'cause it makes me blink
How'm i gonna get a drink of water?

REPEAT CHORUS

If i turned into a mermaid i could drink -- and how!
And i'd swim just like a seal or an otter
But the wetness of the ocean doesn't help me now
How'm i gonna get a drink of water
I could go and get the garden hose but it's too cold
So i'll run away to Texas or Nevada
'Cause the world is full of troubles when you're five years old
How'm i gonna get a drink of water

REPEAT CHORUS

When i make my mind up that i'm gonna run away
I decide i'll be a painter or a potter
So i go to get my pillow and my potting clay
And right beside my bed's a cup of water!
Now i feel a little silly and i want to cry
Like the times my sister teased so much i fought her
But i've got another problem now and wonder why
How'm i gonna drink up all this water?

How'm i gonna drink up all this water?
I only want a little sip or two
How'm i gonna drink up all this water?
What more am i gonna have to do?
How'm i gonna drink up all this water?
I only want a little sip or two
How'm i gonna drink up all this water?
What more am i gonna have to do?
What more am i gonna have to do?
What more am i gonna have to do?

copyright 1995, don bridges
Lyrics and music by don bridges
All rights reserved


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